December 5, 1997 |
In Clubland, things typically heat up the week after Thanksgiving and then cool down after Christmas. Most of the notables are at the Trocadero (10th and Arch streets, 215-922-LIVE) and its baby sister upstairs, the Balcony. Appearing at 7 tonight at the Troc is Spiritualized ($14), which includes Jason Pierce of '80s drone-rockers Spacemen 3. While his old band created altered consciousness with very minimal effects, the grander, orchestral-sounding Spiritualized is the opposite.
August 3, 1997 |
The music industry's desperate determination to make electronica the event of 1997 has taken various and sundry forms as the year has progressed. There have been massively hyped albums from big-beat techno artists the Chemical Brothers and the Prodigy and electronic soundtracks to would-be blockbuster movies such as The Saint. Perhaps the most cleverly conceived - and certainly one of the most musically intriguing - effort to win the hearts and minds of adolescent record buyers, however, arrives in the form of Spawn: The Album (Immortal/Epic )
April 15, 2011 |
The fourth annual Record Store Day happens on Saturday, with hundreds of independently owned music stores in the United States and around the world rallying around the concept of an actual rather than virtual place where you can hear and buy music and maybe even look somebody in the eye and talk to them about it, too. There are loads of Record Store Day exclusives, often vinyl-only releases by the likes of the Foo Fighters, Wild Flag, Lady Gaga, Bruce...
August 19, 2002 |
Rather than seek polished professionalism, Paul Westerberg strives to capture moments of seemingly offhanded brilliance. At the Theatre of Living Arts on Saturday night, Westerberg, playing solo, walked a line between a rocker's focused energy and a slacker's nonchalance, and the sold-out audience was eager to catch him whenever he stumbled, which he did often. Because of his work with The Replacements in the 1980s, Westerberg is the patron saint of ramshackle, disheveled rock-and-roll.
June 26, 1999 |
The Houston Comets tied a WNBA record for longest winning streak at the start of a season, rallying from 12 points down in the second half to beat host Washington, 72-69. Cynthia Cooper had 28 points and eight assists and Sheryl Swoopes had 19 points and 12 rebounds last night as the Comets improved to 7-0, matching the start of the 1997 New York Liberty's season. For a while, however, the Mystics (1-6) were on the verge of making history as they bid for the biggest upset ever in the three-year-old league.
June 22, 1986 |
You'd think that the gathering of first-generation rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash would touch off at least a few sparks, but Class of '55 (Smash ): is a lackluster affair. The music is, for the most part, slow and portentous - "The Birth of Rock and Roll" heaves itself across your stereo speakers like a decrepit ocean liner, for example. The album's closing song, an extended version of John Fogerty's "Big Train from Memphis," is a tedious, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mess.
August 16, 1987 |
I can't tell you just how awful the language is on Guns and Roses' Appetite for Destruction (Geffen ), particularly when it comes to women. I can't tell you what the singers want to do when they tell "baby" to "turn around," and I can't tell you their favorite profanity, which is inserted into choruses they sing over and over. But I can tell you that it's easy to understand why these obnoxious hard-rockers have become a popular Los Angeles attraction: Good songs, good vocals, sometimes even good lyrics - I mean, wordplay is something you don't expect from obnoxious hard-rockers.
November 3, 1998 |
With PJ Harvey, there's always an explosion coming. When the diminutive powerhouse walked on stage at the sold-out Theater of Living Arts on Sunday, she presented a composed, becalmed front. Harvey wore a tasteful leather jacket over her black halter and knee-length skirt. She smiled sweetly and began with "Catherine," a delicate tale of obsessive love from the new Is This Desire? (Island), the critically lauded rocker's most subdued album. The vengeful envy of the male narrator - " 'Til the light shines on me, I damn to hell every second you breathe" - was conveyed with sublime detachment.
July 3, 1992 |
MTV, the home of glitz and hype, has done almost as much for the current trend toward uncluttered songs as acoustic guitars - due to the success of its "Unplugged" series. "There's no amplifiers, none of the (bull) that goes with rock 'n' roll. Artists are not wearing costumes. It's not a choreographed show," said "Unplugged" producer Alex Coletti. Since its debut in January 1990, the acclaimed series has been offering rare opportunities to see recording artists perform unadulterated music in an intimate, informal, spontaneous setting.
August 22, 1999 |
Top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia needed three sets to advance to his first Legg Mason Classic final, defeating Nicolas Kiefer of Germany, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, in yesterday's first semifinal in Washington. Kafelnikov will face Andre Agassi, who defeated Todd Martin, 6-4, 6-2, in the other semifinal that included an 87-minute rain delay last night. "Obviously, I didn't have as easy a ride as I would have liked, but I'm happy to be through [to the next round]," Kafelnikov said.